lucyPRO Tiffany Gustafson

lucyPRO Tiffany Gustafson, owner of Motivated Fitness in San Bruno, CA, was preparing to become a physical therapist when fate intervened. “I had an excellent personal trainer,” Tiffany recalled, “And I thought, he seems to have fun every day of his life. That’s what I want to do.”   Fun is definitely something Tiffany likes to bring to her personal training and lifestyle coaching.  She garnered media attention with her Bridal Bootcamp, and early in December, she launched the Holiday Hustle, a 12 day meal planning and workout program geared to set you up for success going into the holiday season.

How did you arrive at your approach to healthy lifestyle?

After college, I went through a phase of going up and down with my fitness. I gained weight and lost it when I did a fitness competition, and then my weight continued to go up and down.

When my mom was diagnosed with cancer three years ago, she was on a feeding tube, and it made me aware of what you put in your body and how that matters. I was her full-time caretaker so my health went downhill again.  If I had been consistent up until then, I still wouldn’t have worked out during that period but I wouldn’t have had as many challenges and struggles.

So I shifted to a more well-rounded approach to fitness.  I wanted to reach more people, and let them know that you have to prepare for life circumstances.  You have to take care of yourself before you can take care of anybody else.

How do you work out a personalized program for your clients?

The first thing is I really try to get them to dig deep into the whys: Why do they want a personal trainer right now? Why are they focusing on their health?  Just wanting to get toned won’t keep them committed.  They have to be emotionally attached to their why.  I find out where they’re at, how they’re feeling.  It can get kind of uncomfortable, especially if they’re at the beginning of making a change, so you have to spend time with them.

What are some of your clients’ whys?

It varies from person to person but the typical goal is people wanting to get their body back after a baby or marriage, or their parents died at a young age, and they say, “I don’t want that to be me. I want to be healthy for my kids. “

How do you work with your clients?

I try and create an experience with each training session.  I make it lively, fun, throw out a challenge. I want them to feel like I’m the highlight of their day.  I want them to carry on even when I’m not there.

What else do you provide for your clients?

I text motivational message at the start of each week to set the mood.  I try to create a positive atmosphere. What your mind believes, the body will achieve.  I have them think about their environment.  Are they surrounded by positive people? Negative people?  Supportive people?

I love to cook so I share healthy recipes. Getting them to look at portion sizes, portion control, one little thing at a time.  The first thing is to drink water throughout the day.  It’s the easiest one to implement.  I don’t want to throw too much at them at once.  Changing too many things is not setting them up for success.

I also think that it’s really important to take quiet time.  Some people like to meditate.  I’m not the best meditator.  I put on soft music and stretch and get in touch with myself. I also think it’s good to journal at the end of the day -- what you’re grateful for and what you accomplished as well.

What do you do for a workout?

Right now, I’m obsessed with TRX and sand bells.   Activities that get me outside and moving around.  I’m big on being outdoors.

What are your daily-musts?

When I get up, I must have a cup of coffee.  I love it because it’s warm and comforting. I’m up before 5am to teach bootcamp.  In the afternoon, I listen to different personal development and positive mindset podcasts, and get the creative juices going to write or blog. In the evening, I spend time with my dad who has Alzheimers – it’s just the two of us now. It’s important to carve out time with him. After he settles down, I do have TV shows I like to watch, emails, then I read and reflect before I go to bed.  If I don’t do that, other aspects of my life tend to get chaotic.

What are your personal fitness goals?

I want to be able to do pull ups -- I used to be able to do them in college -- I would love to do 10 pullups in a row.  I’d settle for being able to crank out 5 in the next 6 months.

What’s your go-to snack?

Shakeology. It’s loaded with different nutrients and you can add fruit or Greek yogurt. It leaves me full.  Or anything with hummus, like vegetables or crackers.

Secret indulgences – favorite way to unwind?

Probably just hanging out with some of my friends, having no expectations, eating dinner, watching movies, letting go.  I also like standup paddleboarding.

Beauty tips for working out?

Wear clothes that are comfortable and functional but that make you feel cute or like a badass  -- clothes that makes you feel tough and empowered.  I think it makes your workout a little better.  Wash your face after you workout to keep pores clean and clear, and moisturize.

Best health and well-being tip?

No matter how hectic life can get, try and get up and move for 10 minutes.  It’s important to keep a routine going, to make that a habit

Be true to you and make sure that you are taking care of yourself.  Your wants, your needs, your goals are just as important as anyone else’s so don’t let anyone stop you.


What makes you happy?

Happy people, laughter, people that don’t take themselves seriously and are willing to try new things, open minded people.  And dogs.

Favorite lucy item(s) ?

Running shorts that I absolutely love and a comfy pair of lucy socks.

Anything else?

No matter what happens, whatever life throws at you, it’s probably temporary, take the positive out of it, share your story or apply what you learned in the future.


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